Does Your Business Need a Board?

As your business changes so too does the need to consider implementing a governance structure to help support and maintain business success. This course helps you determine if your business is ready to establish a board, as well as deciding on the right type of board.

Learn first-hand from experienced facilitators and fellow business owners and gain the clarity and direction you need during this critical phase.

Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This online course is suitable for business owners and managing directors who are:

  • in the process of changing their business; or
  • considering implementing a board; or
  • seeking to review their existing governance structures.

As part of an online cohort, with the support of your online tutor, you will explore:

  • duties and responsibilities of the sole managing director and business owner;
  • the meaning and importance of governance for small and medium businesses;
  • key objectives, priorities and critical trade-offs faced by owners and managing directors;
  • governance boards versus advisory boards;
  • board succession planning; and
  • how to set up an advisory or governance board.
Course learnings

What will you learn?

The course will help you understand the appropriate structure for your business and what a board would bring to it. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the most appropriate governance structure for your business;
  • Effectively implement an advisory or governance board;
  • Better understand the duties and responsibilities of a director and how this relates to your role as owner or managing director;
  • Implement a robust succession plan for your board; and
  • Work to secure the long-term viability of your organisation.
Course expectations

What can you expect?

Our flexible online courses fit into your busy schedule and feature the same expert guidance and support as our face-to-face sessions. Our online tutors are experienced company directors, selected for their extensive knowledge of the board environment and their ability to engage and connect with participants.

Participants will:

  • Be part of a cohort learning together over the structured four-week course
  • Review resources and information independently week-by-week
  • Check in with fellow participants to test their assumptions, discuss dilemmas and share experiences using online discussion forums
  • Access support from an online tutor on our online discussion forums and two live (and recorded) virtual classrooms
  • Be required to spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours per week reviewing materials and participating in course activities
Company Director

Course Outline

Below is a week-by-week breakdown of the course.

Week 1:

  • Overview of Small-to-Medium Sized Businesses
  • Key Considerations for Business Owners

Week 2:

  • Board Advisory Committees
  • Governance Overview

Week 3:

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Director Roles and Responsibilities

Week 4:

  • Effective Boards
  • Case Studies

Why learn with us?

content with pen

Contemporary Content

Designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts, our courses offer contemporary content that is updated annually. Course materials include recent case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for directors of today and tomorrow.
magnifying glass over paper

Expert Facilitators

Our course facilitators boast extensive real-world director experience and undergo a rigorous selection and development process to ensure they are equipped to create an interactive and engaging learning environment.
people in a group

High-Calibre Participants

Connect with and learn from a diverse group of experienced senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving their impact and leadership in the boardroom and the performance of their business.
certificate of recognition

Widely Recognised

By undertaking one of our highly regarded programs you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance and can earn the widely recognised post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors.

View course dates

We have a wide range of courses to suit your professional development needs.
Search by date, location or course type.